Thursday, January 13, 2011

Drilling planned at Oracle Ridge copper mine in Santa Catalina Mtns

Vancouver-based Gold Hawk Resources Inc. announced that the company's U.S. subsidiary has contracted Major Drilling for a surface diamond drill program at its Oracle Ridge Copper Mine [right, credit, Gold Hawk Resources] in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.

The company press release says "the phase one surface drill program is for an initial 15,000 feet designed to validate the existing drill hole data."

"Gold Hawk is in possession of the historic data base consisting of 534 drill holes totaling more than 163,000 feet of drilling. The available historic drill core samples are in good condition and stored on site and are in the process of being catalogued, logged and assayed as part of the study to bring the project to NI 43-101 standards."

The company's August 20, 2010 Technical Report, Review of the Oracle Ridge Mine Project, is available on SEDAR and on the company's website Properties page - (

Mike Conway at AZGS has pulled together some references on the Oracle Ridge mine:

Creasey, S.C., 1967, General geology of the Mammoth quadrangle, Pinal County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Bulletin 1218, scale 1:48000. ONLINE at USGS National Geologic Map Database.

Heindl, L.A., 1963, Cenozoic geology in the Mammoth area, Pinal County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Bulletin 1141-E, scale 1:63360. ONLINE at USGS National Geologic Map Database.

Bykerk-Kauffman, Ann and Janecke, S.U., 1987, Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary ductile deformation: Catalina-Rincon metamorphic core complex, southeastern Arizona: Geology v.15, no. 5, scale 1:417000.

Banks, N.G., 1980, Geology of a zone of metamorphic core complexes in southeastern Arizona: Geological Society of America, Memoir 153, scale 1:200000.

In addition, there is an informal field trip guide prepared for a 1995 Arizona Geological Society field trip.

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